Cocktails for what ails you: Warren Bobrow's 'restorative' drinks

November 7, 2013
For sluggish digestion, Morristown, N.J., cocktail expert Warren Bobrow concocts a simple syrup steeped with fennel, a natural diuretic, and pours it into a Collins glass with crushed ice, raki (the anise-based Turkish spirit), bitters, and chile flakes (a little sweat does a body good), topping it with seltzer water.

Bobrow, a food and spirits writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer, offers the Peppery Fennel Fizz and dozens of other vintage-styled 'curatives' in his new book, 'Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today .'

Hot buttered rum is traditionally administered to sailors suffering from aches and pains brought on by a full gale.

Hung over? The cure sure sounds the cause: Combine cognac, Calvados, gin, sweet vermouth and the sweetly spiced falernum for the New Orleans classic Corpse Reviver.

Read about Bobrow's recipes to cure what ails you in this story on NJ.com .